Subject: Re: SFLC will love the 7th Circuit
From: "Chris DiBona" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 07:32:45 -0700

Thanks Nigel.  If you are interested in OSGeo's soc work this year, it
can be found here:

WW is a pretty terrific project, for sure.


On Oct 16, 2007 6:35 AM, Tzeng, Nigel H. <> wrote:
> Chris has been supportive of NASA Open Source project that
> competes with Google Earth.  We were in the 2006 SoC but alas didn't make
> the cut this year.  Though to be honest I don't think our submissions were
> all that strong this year.
> So no shame on Chris at all.
> Not too thrilled with some "free" software supporters messing with the NASA
> WW wikipedia entry about how you can't use the word "free" (as in beer) in a
> normal english sentence because it touches the word software but must use
> "gratis" would have been nice if RMS/FSF had chosen to support
> WW as an open alternative to GE rather than dis NOSA as "unfree".
> As far as imagery goes...well...Microsoft has kindly allowed folks to use
> their Virtual Earth imagery for non-commercial uses.  Like in World Wind
> with a plug-in or in OpenLayers (BSD licensed Google Maps like javascript
> package).  I think that OSGeo has been in SoC too but I don't follow their
> projects too closely.
> Nigel
>  ________________________________
>  From: Alexander Terekhov []
> Sent: Mon 10/15/2007 9:05 AM
> To:
> Cc: dlw;
> Subject: Re: SFLC will love the 7th Circuit
> On 10/14/07, Chris DiBona <> wrote:
> > Ah, I get it now. this is me not feeding the trolls anymore....
> >
> > Chris
> [...]
> > Open Source Programs Manager, Google Inc.
> "Google designs software specifically to restrict the user. That's the
> nature of the Google Earth client: it is made the way it is
> specifically to restrict the people who use it. Obviously, it's not
> Free Software, because Free Software develops under the democratic
> control of its users."
> Shame on you, Chris.
> regards,
> alexander.
> --
> "To show the falsity of 'PJ''s claims, in most cases I need look no further
> than Groklaw itself. 'PJ' wants more journalists to use the site as a
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> says are incorrect, followed by 'PJ''s characterization of them, and my
> response -- at times taken directly from Groklaw."
>                                         --

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